Saturday, 31 March 2012

Happy Birthday Mum

Today is my Mum's 50th birthday.

Today we are celebrating her special day with her.

We surprised her last night by being in her house when she got home from work!

Happy 50th Mum. We hope you enjoy your special day surrounded by your family and we want you to know that we love you very much.

Thank you for being you.

My Mum and my Gran



Friday, 30 March 2012

Miss C Goes To Hospital

On Wednesday, Miss C had an appointment at the Out-Patients Department at the local hospital. I was a bit nervous about it as this was her referral from our Doctor concerning her problems with her bowels.

Just before Christmas last year, Miss C had what we believe to be a mild rectal prolapse. It was Husband that saw it happen the first time when Miss C was still using the potty and he immediately phoned NHS Direct who advised him to take her to hospital to get checked out. Of course, there wasn't anything for them to check as her bowel went back up itself but they thought it may have happened because she was straining too hard to poo and she may be a bit constipated.

The first time I saw it happen I wanted to cry. You only expect to ever see these things in horror movies, not to your 2 year old child. I told her to stop squeezing and her bowel did go back up but I was really panicking about it! It continued to happen over the course of a few weeks.

The Doctor had advised us to include more fibre in her diet, which I struggled with as she is a very good eater and apart from adding the occasional glass of orange juice, I wasn't really sure what I could change. She eats weetabix every few days, eats plenty of fruit and drinks lots of water. Eventually though, I noticed her poos were looking a lot better and we haven't had a bowel incident in the last 3 months.

The outcome of her appointment is to try a course of laxatives as the bowel still needs to recover and hopefully the laxatives will help move things along a bit more smoothly for her.

And don't worry, I did check that it is just a very mild laxative! We're definitely passed the exploding poo stage!


Thursday, 29 March 2012

My Wedding Photo - Blogger Wedding Album

Tara is full of wonderful ideas and I love this one lots. She is putting together a Blogger Wedding Album which will feature wedding photos from lots of lovely bloggers!

Everyone loves a wedding and I love looking back at photos of our big day. It brings back wonderful memories and the fun we had sharing our marriage with our family and friends.


This is one of my favourite photos of us on our wedding day. It was taken in the gardens behind a library near where we got married. We got married next to the beach but because it was the middle of July and an absolute scorcher of a day, the beach was packed. Luckily we found this empty spot and it really was quite beautiful.

And, if I say so myself, we look pretty darn good too!


Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Gallery - Extreme Close Up


Close up is this beautiful ladybird that Wee Z bravely plucked out of my hand and let it crawl up and down his arm.

More close up is the evidence of dirt under his nails. Not a sign that he is unclean and grotty but a sign that he is a boy, playing outdoors, exploring and getting mucky like every child deserves to!

This post is for The Gallery. The theme this week is Extreme Close Up.


Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Easter Bonnet Making

Having children opens your eyes to lots of things but my eyes have mostly been opened to the amount of craft projects you can do with your children.

This week we made Easter bonnets.


Wee Z has an Easter bonnet parade at nursery on Thursday so this meant we had to get creative and make a beautiful bonnet for him to wear. Last year I just bought him a straw hat and an Easter bonnet craft pack but this year we did something a bit different.

It was during my weekly Playfest party on twitter that the lovely Kelly sent me a link to an Easter bonnet she had made for her little one. This was the most beautiful homemade bonnet I have ever seen. It's also like nothing I've seen before.

It's made with a paper plate, a straw and some cellotape!

Whilst Kelly gave very good instructions on how to make the bonnet, I had Husband do it as I am terrible at crafting. Colouring I can do. Sticking I can just about manage.


Bello had bought Wee Z a huge box of sticky Easter eggs, so we used them along with some little chicks, feathers and pretty stickers for decorating. Wee Z did his all by himself whilst I was helping Miss C.


I think he did a great job!




Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Sunday Round-Up #WeekTwelve

Last Sunday was Mother's Day. I was allowed to have a lie in until 9.30am when Wee Z and Miss C decided that I had to be woken with breakfast in bed, cards and cakes. We lay in bed watching a DVD and I fell asleep again. Bliss! I had a relaxing day at home whilst Husband built the trampoline and the kids interfered helped.


On Monday, the trampoline taking up most of the garden space was already paying off. I don't think I heard from Wee Z or Miss C that afternoon as they bounced away quite happily!

Tuesday and Wednesday took pretty much the same shape as Monday did. That trampoline was the best money we ever spent!

On Thursday it was my day off so I dropped Wee Z off at nursery before heading into town with Miss C. We went to get a birthday card for Bella and God Father as their birthdays are coming up soon and then we went into Greggs to get some sausage rolls for lunch. We picked Wee Z up on the way home from town and it was so nice, we let them have their lunch outside.


On Friday it really dulled over and I think there was rain at one point. We spent the afternoon indoors before taking Miss C to ballet. Miss C finally got her ballet shoes and she was delighted!

After my shift on Saturday, we went to the library to choose some new books and then took a stroll into town. We decided to pop into the leisure centre to find out about their family night. For £3 a family of 2 adults and as many kids can go swimming or ice skating or they can use the gym, sauna, steam room, play table tennis or badminton and they also have soft play. We've never been before so decided to give it a try. Anything to tire the kids out before the clocks went forward! We went to soft play first which gave our dinner time to settle before going swimming. It was great fun and the kids want to go every weekend now.

It's been a lovely sunny week. Long may it continue!


Silent Sunday



Friday, 23 March 2012

Husband and Housework Don't Mix

Dear Husband,

I do love you. A lot. However, I feel I have to take this opportunity to share some of my frustrations around your general awareness of housework. By this I mean you have no awareness.

Take your clothes for example. If you look in our bedroom you will see a wardrobe and a chest of drawers. This is where your clothes belong. I understand it may be easier to keep them on the bedroom floor in piles but really, it's just making the place look crowded. I'd also really appreciate it if you could not store your dirty socks in amongst your piles of clean clothes because, well, your feet do whiff a bit (I know this is down to all the hard work you do at work) and it can be really quite nasty when I have to check which socks go in the drawers and which go in the washing pile.


But this is where Daddy told me to put them!


On the matter of clothes, please could you hang your jackets up in the jacket cupboard? I wouldn't mind if it was one jacket hanging on the back of a chair but when you have a chair with a jacket for every season on it then you're just taking the mick.

Then we have your plates and cups which are left on the counter, above the dishwasher. I know you believe in dishwasher fairies, who come after dinner and magically fill the dishwasher for you but I have to tell you, there is no such thing as a dishwasher fairy. If there is then just call me Tinkerbell.


I need to stop dressing up to do the cleaning!

My final grievance is with the toilet. I do sleep-pee a lot (I go to the toilet whilst half asleep, I'm not peeing the bed, just to be clear) so I'd really appreciate it if you could leave the toilet seat down. My biggest problem with the toilet though is this: I know what you had for dinner last night, I don't need to see it after it has come back out.

Despite these flaws, I do love you lots.



Spring Has Sprung

Days like yesterday make me really happy. I love the sun and seeing clear blue skies. I love the warmth and the freshness. We're much happier when the sun is shining!

Sometimes the UK can get ahead of itself as soon as the first sign of good weather appears. Not me. I need it to be at least in the early twenties before I'll break out my vest tops but it was warm enough to have some light fleecy jackets on and also for a spot of lunch in the garden.


A trip to the park was in order too. We went exploring, running and even had a bike ride!



The loveliest part about the good weather is seeing the kids enjoying themselves outdoors. Husband put the trampoline up on Sunday and I don't think I've seen the kids off it, if the rain has stayed away that is. Wee Z is more of an indoor person as he likes to sit and read his books or write in his notebook but last night, he wolfed his dinner down and asked to go back outside to play!

I love Spring!



Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Tots100 Book Club: Home Cooking Made Easy

I love to read and I love to cook which is why I've chosen a cook book for my Tots100 Book Club review. There are so many cook books out there it can be a tad overwhelming deciding which book to go for. I like a cook book with plenty of pictures for presentation inspiration and recipes that are easy to follow.


Home Cooking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale is definitely one of those cook books. This cook book has 100 tasty recipes that are easy to make at home, hence the title! I'm a huge Lorraine Pascale fan, after watching her cookery show on the BBC. My Mum gave me her first book, Baking Made Easy, and I was super excited to receive Home Cooking Made Easy for Christmas.

The first recipe I tried from the book was the Chewy White Chocolate Fudge Cookies. Delicious, soft and a little bit naughty, they were polished off by the kids, Husband and the neighbours within a few minutes...I don't think they had a chance to cool properly!


The second recipe I tried was the Twenty-first Century Ham, Cheese and Chive bread. The idea of making my own bread is really appealing except I hear it can be time-consuming, but this bread is ready in an hour from start to finish and there's hardly any kneading involved.


One hundred recipes may not seem a lot compared to other cook books out there, but Lorraine has provided a good selection from soups to roasts to salads and cakes. The book is really easy to follow, well structured and has lots of pictures of really yummy looking food. Most importantly though is, her recipes turn out really well! Highly recommended!

I'd like to recommend this book to Snaffles Mummy as I hear she loves eating out with her Husband when she can and has some rather delicious cheesecake recipes on her blog.




The Gallery - Colours

I can't imagine a world without colour. My favourite colour is blue. It makes me feel calm and reminds me of the ocean. It is also the colour of Wee Z's and Miss C's eyes.



I love this flowerbed in the park. It's like a rainbow with all the reds, yellows, pinks, greens, oranges and the purple/blue flowers at the front. This photo was taken last year when all the flowers had bloomed. I can't wait to see what colours come out this year!

This post is for The Gallery. The theme this week is Colours. 


Monday, 19 March 2012

Funny Things My Child Says #6

Last Friday Husband had to go to the Doctors to discuss some test results. Everything is fine with him, thankfully, he'd just been feeling a bit under the weather. I had told Wee Z Daddy was going to the Doctors and he asked if he could go with Daddy. I said no because he having his tests done.

Husband picked us up after ballet and as we got out of the car, Wee Z was talking to Husband:

"How are your testes Daddy?" he asked.

"My what?!"

"Mummy said you were going to the Doctors for your testes!"

"Do you mean tests?"

"Yes, how are they?"

It seems that bottom talk was a theme for last week. At dinner we played a rhyming game as Wee Z has been learning all about rhyming words at nursery. Miss C was joining in and came up with this cracker:

"Winky and kinky rhyme!"

I honestly don't know where they get these things from...!




Listography - 5 Reasons I know I'm a...

Kate's making us get creative this week with our listography. We need to come up with 5 reasons we know we're a...something. Interesting! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Here are my 5 reasons I know I'm a...cakeaholic.

  1. I can tell whether a cake is homemade, shop-bought or out of a packet mix just by looking at it.
  2. I can't pass a cake shop without gazing at it longingly. Sometimes I don't manage to walk passed it without going in.
  3. I get excited about a birthday for the cake more than the presents or the party.
  4. Cake is one of the only foods I can eat without feeling sick for eating too much.
  5. I hide from my children whenever I have cake so I don't have to share. Laura does NOT share cake. Ever.

I fear my cake addiction may be passing on to my daughter. When I was bathing the kids a few nights ago, we were talking about what they'd like for their birthday.

"What would you like for your birthday Z?" I asked.

"I'd like a book that can teach you all the languages for all the countries. Then I could learn to speak French, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish and Chinese! That would be so cool!"

"What about you C? What would you like for your birthday?"

"Chocolate cake!"


Sunday, 18 March 2012

The Sunday Round-Up #WeekEleven

Sunday seems to come round so quickly! Last Sunday we went to the park with my friend and her little girl. They came to our house first and then the kids rode their bikes down to the swing park. There is a pond there too so we took some bread to feed the ducks. The kids did really well riding their bikes there and back and were definitely all tired out by the time we got home.


On Monday we made Mother's Day cards for Bella and MIL. We have a huge arts and crafts box filled with sticky things, coloured things and textured things. Wee Z made the card for his Gran and Miss C made the card for Bella, although I had to help her with the glitter writing pen. We used lots of pretty sparkles and shiny things.


On Tuesday we did some jigsaws. Miss C loves jigsaws and the majority of her collection consists of Orchard Toys jigsaws. First we had to do her favourite one, Fairy Cottage. Then we had to do Teddy Bears Picnic, which is my favourite one because it has a lovely picture of a cake!

On Wednesday it was Husband's turn to do jigsaws with the kids. Miss C decided she was going to do more of her Orchard Toys jigsaws whilst Wee Z did one all about the seasons.


On Thursday we went for a long walk. We played I-Spy along the way which Wee Z is really good at. We adapted it so Miss C could join in by saying the colours of the objects as she isn't quite ready for letters yet!

On Friday Husband took the kids swimming, giving me an hour to myself. I cleaned, hung out the washing and then had a catch up on some of my blogs I like to read. We took Miss C to ballet and we got to see some of her routine although she wasn't up to performing for us. As soon as she saw her brother, she was distracted and just wanted to play with him. In the parts she did join in with we could see she was picking her routines up and it looked like she was having fun too.

On Saturday, after doing some extra hours at work, I went shopping. By myself. It was bliss. Really I was just window shopping for some birthday present inspiration but it was lovely to just be able to browse the shops without any whinging, moaning or complaining...from Husband. He HATES shopping and is quite happy to stay at home with the kids and let me go myself.

And when I came home from shopping, these lovely cupcakes were waiting for me! Yummy!



Silent Sunday





Saturday, 17 March 2012

My Mother's Day Poem

Tomorrow we celebrate Mother's Day
The chance to thank Mum and show we care
But this is a bit of a ranty post
So if you're reading on...BEWARE

My argument is simple
And one which I'm sure Mums will agree
Only one day a year to celebrate Mums?
That's just not good enought for ME

Everyday we cook and clean
Our work is never done
We wipe up snot and tears all day
And come up with ways to have fun

Some of us go out to work
And some of us stay at home
But being Mum is the hardest job
With little time to be our own

Mums are there for love
Mums are there for advice
Mums are made to be cherished
You only get one in your life

Celebrate and appreciate this Mother's Day
Show your Mum you love and care
But Mums should be celebrated everyday
Because they are the ones who will always be there


Friday, 16 March 2012

Funny Things My Child Says #5

Wee Z heard a joke recently which he thought was great and decided to share it at group time at nursery. He told me how he got on today whilst making dinner.

Wee Z "What did the zero say to the eight?"

Me "I don't know, what did the zero say to the eight?"

Wee Z "I like your belt!"

Me "Haha, that's very funny! Did you tell that at nursery?"

Wee Z "Yes and everyone laughed except for one boy. He didn't laugh!"

Me "Ah well, maybe he didn't understand it."

Wee Z (in an almost exasperated voice) "He speaks English Mummy, of course he understood it!"




Thursday, 15 March 2012

Mother's Day Gift Ideas and a Yummy Recipe

I don't think you need to go overboard on Mother's Day in terms of buying gifts. I'm quite happy with a card and something handmade or home-baked.

If you want to get a token gift for your Mum then Asda have a lovely selection of Mother's Day gifts available to buy in their seasonal aisle for no more than £5.00. There are lovely plant pots with flower seeds inside ready to grow (probably not the best present for me!) or pocket-money priced cups or this cute little bird keyring they sent me.



For something home-baked though these white chocolate chip cookies are sure to be a big hit. This recipe I adapted slightly from the one in Lorraine Pascale's new book but they are truly delicious and Husband went as far as saying they were better than a well-known cookie chain.

Ingredients

125g unsalted butter, softened
225g light brown sugar
1 medium egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
200g plain flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
Pinch of salt
200g Green and Blacks white chocolate, roughly chopped

Let's bake

Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4. You'll need 2 or 3 baking trays lined with grease-proof paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and smooth. Add the egg and beat in and then add the vanilla essence.


Add the flour, bicarb of soda, baking powder and salt and stir until smooth but the mixture should be slightly sticky. Fold in the white chocolate.

Divide your dough into 12 which gives good sized cookies or you can make 6 huge ones. Use flour on your hands to roll them into balls and then flatten the balls until they are about 1 cm thick.


Place them on your baking trays, allowing plenty of space between them as they will spread when they bake. Bake in your oven for about 10-12 minutes until pale golden. Leave them to cool for about 5 minutes and then when slightly set move them on to a wire rack to finish cooling. If you can wait that long...


Lovely with a cup of tea in my "Mummy" mug from Asda!


Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Listography - Top 5 Cookbooks

I had to join in with Listography this week as Kate is channelling my inner foodie by talking about her favourite cookbooks. I got very excited when I saw she loved Delia Smith although I won't tell her that  I used to read that particular book when I was 6 or 7, as my Mum had it in her cookbook cupboard...

I do love cooking and trying new recipes when I have some time but, as you all know, I love to bake more. Here are my favourite baking/cooking books:


Cupcakes - This is a book that came with 12 silicone cupcake moulds and was a gift from my Mum. This is the book I use to make all my cupcakes as the recipes are simple and taste yummy!


The Children's Baking Book - This was another gift from my Mum. I think most of my books are from my Mum because the Book People come to her work. I love this book for making treats with the kids and it has a recipe for a really yummy chocolate cake.


Million Menus - Husband and I bought this book from Tesco after spotting it in the sale. It's a great book to use for dinner parties as you can mix and match all 3 courses. One of my favourite chicken recipes came from this book.


Baking Made Easy - Ahh another book from my Mum. Lorraine Pascale has quickly become one of my favourite TV chefs. The girl just loves to cook and bake and eat so I know we'd get on rather well. Her double chocolate chunk cookies are just to die for.


Top 100 Pasta Dishes - I think every mother has an Annabel Karmel book in their cupboard and this is by far my favourite as we all love pasta. Her hidden tomato and vegetable sauce is perfect for getting the kids to eat their greens.

And now I'm hungry!


My Ideal Mother's Day

On Sunday it is Mother's Day, a day to spoil your Mum and show her how much you love her and think of her. Of course, I always say you don't need a set day to tell someone just how much they mean to you but it's nice to join in with the celebrations and send a card and some flowers...like these pretty ones from Next Flowers.


So almost five years ago I became a Mummy for the first time but because of things like poor planning on our part, I missed Mother's Day the year Wee Z was born. My first Mother's Day was spent together after I got to have a long lie and it was really lovely knowing I could (finally) join the club!

After 4 years practise, my ideal Mother's Day consists of the following:

  • A long lie
  • A cup of tea in bed
  • A chance to have a shower/bath to myself with no interruptions, such as a child popping my bubbles or cats pawing at the water ripples
  • Breakfast/lunch (depending what time the long lie finishes) made for me
  • Something handmade from the kids (ideally a cake!)
  • Cake
  • Chocolates
  • A nice long walk with the kids (to work off the cake and the chocolate)
  • A film together on the couch cuddled up under a duvet
  • Dinner made for me or even better, the takeaway phoned in for me
  • Lots of cuddles from Wee Z, Miss C and Husband too
  • An early night (cause I've had such a strenuous day!)
This year is my Sister's first Mother's Day - bad planning on her part too - so I'll be sending my list to her to make sure she has the perfect first Mother's Day!


Sunday, 11 March 2012

What's For Dinner Today Mummy? #8

Italian food is one of my most favourite cuisines. If I could eat pasta every day then believe me I would. I'm working my way through my recordings of Kitchen Boss, the cookery show with Buddy Valastro aka Cake Boss and I'm so inspired to cook more Italian food with the kids.

One of my favourite Italian dishes is Spaghetti Bolognaise. My Sister (pre-vegetarian) and I would order Spaghetti Bolognaise whenever we went out to eat and would finish a bowl in a few minutes. Wee Z and Miss C are the same.


I've always made my Bolognaise sauce from scratch...well as soon as I learnt how to make a proper Bolognaise sauce from scratch I did. I will never go back to out the jar stuff, ever! Bolognaise sauce is so easy to make and it tastes so much better if you can make it the day before or even in the morning of the day you are having it.

Ingredients

500g lean beef mince
1 onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon of tomato pure
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of Italian herb mix
1 chicken stock cube, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste

Let's Cook

Start by frying your onion in some olive oil until soft and then add in your garlic. Sauté this for about 1 minute before adding your mince. Whilst the mince is cooking, crumble your chicken stock cube over it. This helps bring out the flavour of the mince.

Add in your teaspoon of tomato purée and stir until combined. Pour in your can of tomatoes and stir in your teaspoon of sugar. The sugar helps cut out the acidity of the tomatoes. You may want to add a little bit of water to the can of tomatoes to bring out the rest of the juice and to add some liquid to your pot.

Do a taste test at this point before you add your salt and pepper. I do find it still needs a little bit of salt even with the stock cube in but it's really down to your own preferences. Add in your Italian herb mix and stir well. Bring the Bolognaise to the boil and then let it simmer until it has the right consistency for you. I like mine quite thick so once all the liquid has boiled off, it's ready!

Serve it with Spaghetti and plenty of Parmesan cheese.

Bellissimo!


You can always add in vegetables to the sauce such as celery, carrots or mushrooms and of course, to adult-it up a bit you can add a good glug of red wine. My Aunty told me, when I was making this for my kids and my niece and nephew, that she used to pour it in to our Bolognaise and it never did us any harm...!


The Sunday Round-Up #WeekTen

When I woke up last Sunday morning I was jumping with joy as it looked like it would be the first day of the year that I'd be able to hang my washing out to dry. It was glorious although a bit nippy, but we did get our towels hung out. We also went for a walk to the park with one of my friends and her little girl. Half way through our walk, the hailstones started but they didn't last long...thankfully!


I had promised the kids we would plant our seeds from innocent, so after work on Monday we did just that. It was a lot of fun but I'm not confident about them actually growing...!

On Tuesday we met up with Mama N and Wee J and went for a big long walk around the park. Miss C made friends with a donkey when she fed him some chocolate. Miss C loves animals and has no fear when it comes to them so she held out her hand, completely flat and let Mr Donkey hoover up her chocolate. She only had enough for one donkey though so we promised them we'd take them some apples on our next walk. As we carried on walking, Mr Donkey ran to catch up with Miss C, obviously looking for some more chocolate to eat.


We had a nice, chilled out day on Wednesday. I did my cleaning whilst Husband entertained the kids. That's my idea of a chilled out day anyway!

On Thursday we went swimming with Mama N and Wee J. Husband has been taking Wee Z and his friend from next door swimming every Friday and Wee Z is always telling me how well he is doing at swimming. I got to see just how far he has come on and I couldn't quite believe it. The last time I went swimming with Wee Z he was still wearing his armbands. This time he didn't have his armbands on at all and was under the water, diving in and swimming around the pool. We had considered swimming lessons for him but it looks like Husband is doing a fine job teaching him himself!

Miss C had ballet on Friday which I took her to. Next week we get to see how the girls are doing as we can't go in and watch on their lessons. I can't wait to see what Miss C has learnt. She does show us some of her moves and it does seem like she's enjoying herself which is always good. She always talks about her dance teacher and counts down the sleeps until ballet.


I was working on Saturday so I missed seeing Wee Z at Karate getting his second tab on his belt. Like Miss C, Wee Z is always keen to show us his moves and practise with his Daddy who used to do Karate with Wee Z's instructor when they were kids. When I finished work we went to the library to take books back and the kids picked out new books. I'm just about to start reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, a book my Mum bought me. Miss C chose a Charley Bear book whilst Wee Z chose a book called Zac Power. He has just finished reading a Beast Quest book and seems to be taking after his Daddy, who enjoys action packed books too!



Silent Sunday





Thursday, 8 March 2012

Why Being A Woman Is Awesome

Today is a very important day...it's my Sister's birthday! Happy birthday Sis! Aside from that, it is also a very important day to every lady in the world.

Today is International Women's Day.

In honour of such an important day I came up with a list of things that I love about being a woman.

  1. Once a month I can stuff my face with anything I want and use my period as an excuse.
  2. I can use PMS as an excuse to be in a bad mood.
  3. I am pre-programmed to love shopping.
  4. I am pre-programmed to love chocolate and cake.
  5. I can multi-task...and multi other things too.
  6. I have so much more choice in terms of clothing.
  7. I also have an abundance of shoe choices.
  8. I can cry at a really sad soppy film and no one can judge me.
  9. I can use my God-given assets to my advantage in tricky situations.
  10. But the absolute best thing about being a woman is...I can be and I am a Mummy.
Happy IWD ladies :)



Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Gallery - Light

I love this time of year when everything starts to grow and the nights stay lighter that little bit longer. The general "blah" feeling I have around Winter time seems to go and I start to feel more awake and more alive!

One of my favourite flowers is the daffodil. I love seeing them growing all over the place with their bright yellow leaves and orange/yellow horn. They are like a mini sun sprouting from the ground and spreading their warmth wherever you see them.

Wee Z brought me a daffodil from the park the other day and it is now sitting on the windowsill in our kitchen. The sun light streams through it perfectly and just accentuates the warmth from it's gorgeous petals.


This post is for The Gallery. The theme this week is Light.


Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Let's Get Planting

Last week I told you about our package from innocent which contained lots of little seeds and gardening tools so we could plant and grow our very own plants in our garden. I'm definitely not green-fingered in any way but I've watched enough Cbebbies to know roughly how to plant and sow seeds.

I did once kill a cactus but we'll try not dwell on that too much.

Yesterday we decided it would be the perfect day to plant our seeds. Wee Z and Miss C were super excited to get planting and picked 3 seeds each to plant. Wee Z opted for violets, basil and cress whilst Miss C got stuck with chose carrot, tomato and sunflower.


Daddy bought us some planting pots, a windowsill box and some soil and innocent had provided everything else to get planting. First we filled our pots with soil, broke the big bits up with our shovel and brushed it down with our fork. Then we made little finger sized holes in the soil where we wanted to put our seeds in. We planted our cress, basil and violets in little black plant pots and planted our carrots, tomatoes and our sunflowers in the bigger windowsill box. We covered the seeds with soil and flattened it all down, ready to water.


Wee Z watered his own plants whilst Miss C drowned hers. Wee Z kept asking if the plants had grown yet but I have told him we'll check them again in a week.

I'm trying to be optimistic!


Last week I also mentioned that you can win one of the gardening sets that we received from innocent to use with your children. I will be posting regular updates on our plants and tweeting about them using the hashtag #innocentseeds. When we check them again on Monday I will have hidden one of our plant pots in a secret location. You will need to work out where the plant pot is although I'm sure we can provide some clues to help you! The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries and they will receive an innocent gardening set!


Monday, 5 March 2012

Listography - 5 Photos That Sum Up My Week

Whilst I can totally relate to Kate's week, I'm not sure that I can find a photo that beats her one of her tantrum throwing child!

A typical week in our house looks like this:

Sleeping - Not that I get a lot of that!


Eating - I do plenty of that!


Baking - Mostly the reason why I do plenty of eating.


Playing - Mostly the children do that.


Blogging...well I couldn't miss that out of my week could I?



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